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#Rowing: The 2015 Irish Rowing Championships will be held at the National Rowing Centre in Farran Wood, Cork from Friday 10th July to Sunday 12th July.
 
This year’s Championships features a mammoth entry of a total of 893 crews,  with races running from 9am-5pm on Friday, 8:30am-6:30pm on Saturday and 8:30am-5pm on Sunday.
 
This event will attract over 3,000 competitors and approximately 10,000 spectators over the three day duration of the regatta and it is the premier domestic event of the rowing season.

The Championships are arguably Ireland's largest annual water sports event and are also the most significant All-Ireland sporting championship to be held annually in Cork. It promises to be a very exciting weekend of competitive rowing.
 

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#ROWING: Trinity bowed out of the Temple Cup for student eights at Henley Royal Regatta, losing by two-thirds of a length to Cornell University of the United States. Cornell, who had a close call against Oxford Brookes B in the first round, got off to a good start and took the lead. The heavier Trinity crew were able to limit that lead to about three-quarters of a length, but could not draw level, and encountered problems with their steering. Cornell covered a late push to win.

Henley Royal Regatta, Day Two (Irish interest)

Temple Cup (Eights, Student): Cornell University, United States bt Trinity 2/3 l 6 mins 39 sec.

Princess Elizabeth (Eights, Schoolboy): Gonzaga College High School, United States bt Portora Royal School ½ l, 6:38

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#ROWING: Portora Royal School lost to Gonzaga College High School by half a length in the fastest race so far in the Princess Elizabeth at Henley Royal Regatta. The Enniskillen crew gave a remarkable display, refusing to let the bigger American crew extend their early lead to clear water. The crews overlapped down the course, with Portora mounting repeated pushes. Gonzaga finished well under pressure and won in a time of six minutes 38 seconds.

Henley Royal Regatta, Day Two (Irish interest)

Princess Elizabeth (Eights, Schoolboy): Gonzaga College High School, United States bt Portora Royal School ½ l, 6:38

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#ROWING: Portora Royal School brought Ireland’s winning total to two on the first day of Henley Royal Regatta. The crew from Enniskillen got off to a good start against King’s College School from Wimbledon in the Princess Elizabeth for schoolboy eights and stretched their lead to one length. But the Wimbledon boys would not give up. They ate into the lead coming up to the line and lost by just two thirds of a length.

Trinity had earlier won in the first round of the Temple Cup for student eights.

Henley Royal Regatta, Day One (Irish interest)

Temple Cup (Eights, Student): Trinity bt Pembroke and Caius Colleges, Cambridge 3¼ l, 6min 49 seconds

Princess Elizabeth (Eights, Schoolboy): Portora Royal School bt King’s College School, Wimbledon 2/3 l, 7:04

Wyfolds (Fours, Club): Nottingham RC ‘A’ bt Lady Elizabeth BC 2½ l, 7:39

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#Rowing: Trinity had a convincing win in the first round of the Temple Cup for student eights at Henley Royal Regatta today. The Dublin crew started well and powered away from the lighter crew from two colleges in Cambridge, Pembroke and Caius. Trinity were in command down the course into a headwind and came under no pressure. They won by three and one quarter lengths.


Henley Royal Regatta, Day One (Irish interest)

Temple Cup (Eights, Student): Trinity bt Pembroke and Caius Colleges, Cambridge 3 1/4 l, 6 mins 49 secs

Wyfold Cup (Fours, Club): Nottingham RC 'A' bt Lady Elizabeth BC 2 1/2 l, 7:39

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#Rowing: Henley Royal Regatta did not yield any early joy for Irish crews this morning. In the Wyfold Cup coxless fours, Lady Elizabeth were beaten by Nottingham Rowing Club ‘A’. The English crew cut across from their station at the start and took a lead which they did not relinquish. Lady Elizabeth tried hard in the warm conditions, but their young opponents held on to their lead and won by two and a half lengths.

Henley Royal Regatta, Day One (Irish interest)

Wyfolds (Fours, Club): Nottingham RC ‘A’ bt Lady Elizabeth BC 7 mins 39 seconds, 2½ l.

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#ROWING: Portora Royal School from Enniskillen joined Trinity and Lady Elizabeth in the main draw of Henley Royal Regatta tonight. The schoolboy eight set a fine time to make it through the qualifiers of the Princess Elizabeth. UCC and Belfast Rowing Club could not make it through in their qualifiers. Trinity, in the Temple Cup, and Lady Elizabeth, in the Wyfolds, are already in the draw.

Henley Royal Regatta, Qualification Races (Irish interest)

Princess Elizabeth (Schoolboy Eight): Portora Royal School qualified

Wyfold (Four, Club): Belfast RC 7 mins 41.3, did not qualify

Prince Albert (Coxed Four, Student): UCC 7:36, did not qualify

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#Rowing: UCC’s young crew did not make it through to the main draw at Henley Royal Regatta. In the qualification races tonight they finished 12th of the 25 non-qualifiers for the Prince Albert for student coxed fours, setting a time of seven minutes and exactly 36 seconds. The Belfast Rowing Club crew which had hoped to make it through in the Wyfold for club fours also lost out. Separate to the qualifiers, Alan Campbell was listed as withdrawing from the draw from the Diamond Sculls.

 

Henley Royal Regatta, Qualification Races (Irish interest)

Wyfold (Four, Club): Belfast RC 7 mins 41.3, did not qualify

Prince Albert (Coxed Four, Student): UCC 7:36, did not qualify

 

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#ROWING: The Ireland senior team for the Home International Regatta in Strathclyde in Scotland on July 25th has been named. Justin Ryan, who was a senior Ireland international in 2013, will compete in the lightweight single sculls. The selection was based on performances at Cork Regatta, but the times used were from the manual system, as there were problems with the automatic system. The athlete levy will be €400.

 

SENIOR MEN
The following Senior Men have been selected to compete for Rowing Ireland at the
Home International
Regatta 2015
SENIOR
MEN SCULLING
1
x
Luke Keating
Carlow RC
Lwt 1
x
Justin Ryan Skibbereen RC
2x
Fionnan Groome Commercial RC
Ronan Allen Garda BC
Lwt 2x
Declan O’Connor St Michaels RC
Raymond O’Mahony Waterford BC
4x
Justin Ryan Skibbereen RC
Declan O’Connor St Michaels RC
Luke Keating Carlow RC
Fionnan Groome Commercial RC
SENIOR
MEN SWEEP
2
-
Neil Gahan Commercial RC
Colm Dowling Commercial RC
Lwt 2
-
TBD
4
-
Max Murphy UCD BC
Niall Farrell UCD BC
Ken McCarthy Skibbereen RC
Murray Connolly Skibbereen RC
4+
Andy Harrington UCC RC
Alex O’Riordan UCC RC
David O’Leary UCC RC
Sean O’Sullivan UCC RC
Gavin Connolly - Cox Commercial RC
8+
Neil Gahan Commercial RC
Colm Dowling Commercial RC
Max Murphy UCD BC
Niall Farrell UCD BC
Ken McCarthy Skibbereen RC
Murray Connolly Skibbereen RC
Andy Harrington UCC RC
Alex O’Riordan UCC RC
Gavin Connolly - Cox Commercial RC
The crews listed above are not listed in seat order in t
he boats
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SENIOR WOMEN
The following Senior Women have been selected to compete for Rowing Ireland at
the Home International
Regatta 2015
SENIOR
WOMEN SCULLING
1
x
Julia Vascotto Castleconnell
BC
Lwt 1
x
Sarah Quinn Belfast BC
2x
Olivia Blundell Belfast BC
Chloe Deyermond MCB RC
Lwt 2x
Phoebe Mulligan Belfast BC
Kirstie Turner Belfast BC
4x
Sarah Quinn Belfast BC
Phoebe Mulligan Belfast BC
Kirstie Turner Belfast BC
Julia Vascotto Castleconnell
BC
The crews listed above are not listed in seat order in t
he boats
SENIOR
WOMEN SWEEP
2
-
Michelle Lonergan Shannon RC
Helen Ryan Shannon RC
Lwt 2
-
TBD
4
-
Aoife Gilligan Shannon RC
Karen Joy Shannon RC
Dineka Maguire QUBLBC
Aine De Baroid QUBLBC
4+
Anne O’Leary Commercial RC
Edel Garry Commercial RC
Martina Bracken Commercial RC
Emma Feerick Neptune RC
Shauna Fitzsimons – Cox Commercial RC
8+
Michelle Lonergan Shannon RC
Helen Ryan Shannon RC
Anne O’Leary Commercial RC
Edel Garry Commercial RC
Aoife Gilligan Shannon RC
Karen Joy Shannon RC
Martina Bracken Commercial RC
Emma Feerick Neptune RC
Shauna Fitzsimons - Cox Commercial RC
The crews listed above are not listed in seat order
 
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#ROWING –  What makes the perfect rower? Long levers, very high levels of aerobic fitness – and the mental toughness to put it all together to make the boat go fast. Top coaches discuss this in the webclip. Josy Verdonkschot is the head coach (women and lightweights) for the Netherlands and Paul Thompson holds the same position in Britain while Ian Wright is the Switzerland coach.
The video above includes impressive shots of the European Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland and the second World Cup in Varese, Italy.

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The Rolex Fastnet Race - This biennial offshore pilgrimage attracts crews from all walks of life:- from aspiring sailors to professional crews; all ages and all professions. Some are racing for charity, others for a personal challenge. For the world's top professional sailors, it is a 'must-do' race. For some, it will be their first-ever race, and for others, something they have competed in for over 50 years! The race attracts the most diverse fleet of yachts, from beautiful classic yachts to some of the fastest racing machines on the planet – and everything in between.  The testing course passes eight famous landmarks along the route: The Needles, Portland Bill, Start Point, the Lizard, Land’s End, the Fastnet Rock, Bishop’s Rock off the Scillies and Plymouth breakwater (now Cherbourg for 2021 and 2023). After the start in Cowes, the fleet heads westward down The Solent, before exiting into the English Channel at Hurst Castle. The finish is in Plymouth, Devon via the Fastnet Rock, off the southern tip of Ireland

  • The leg across the Celtic Sea to (and from) the Fastnet Rock is known to be unpredictable and challenging. The competitors are exposed to fast-moving Atlantic weather systems and the fleet often encounter tough conditions
  • Flawless decision-making, determination and total commitment are the essential requirements. Crews have to manage and anticipate the changing tidal and meteorological conditions imposed by the complex course
  • The symbol of the race is the Fastnet Rock, located off the southern coast of Ireland. Also known as the Teardrop of Ireland, the Rock marks an evocative turning point in the challenging race
  • Once sailors reach the Fastnet Rock, they are well over halfway to the finish in Plymouth. The lighthouse first shone its light on New Year’s Day in 1854
  • Fastnet Rock originally had six keepers (now unmanned), with four on the rock at a time with the other two on leave. Each man did four weeks on, two weeks off

At A Glance – Fastnet Race

  • The world's largest offshore yacht race
  • The biennial race is 605 nautical miles - Cowes, Fastnet Rock, Plymouth
  • A fleet of over 400 yachts regularly will take part
  • The international fleet is made up of over 26 countries
  • Multihull course record: 1 day, 8 hours, 48 minutes (2011, Banque Populaire V)
  • Monohull course record: 1 day, 18 hours, 39 minutes (2011, Volvo 70, Abu Dhabi)
  • Largest IRC Rated boat is the 100ft (30.48m) Scallywag 100 (HKG)
  • Some of the Smallest boats in the fleet are 30 footers
  • Rolex SA has been a longstanding sponsor of the race since 2001
  • The first race was in 1925 with 7 boats. The Royal Ocean Racing Club was set up as a result

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